North East LEP – Primary Benchmarks Pilot

The North East Local Enterprise Partnership is registering interest for our new Primary Benchmarks Pilot. Closing date to register for more information and to get an opportunity to submit an expression of interest is Friday 23rd November.

Don’t miss out on being in this exciting pilot. Register your details here.

The North East LEP is delighted to have secured investment to run a Primary Benchmarks pilot programme. This pilot builds on the success of our Good Career Guidance benchmark pilot in secondary schools. This pilot was recognised as transformational, was championed by government and led the way nationally for a new approach to careers guidance. We are determined that our North East primary schools will be at the forefront of national developments in developing a useful early careers programme suitable for primary schools.

There is clear need to develop suitable careers guidance programmes at a primary level.  We know that young people begin to form their first aspirations aged three to four years old, by the age of six they are beginning to form opinions about what they cannot do. By aged 10 young people are beginning to make careers limiting decisions, which solidify by aged 14. It is critical that we develop a programme that will open up possibilities and horizons for our young people. This pilot is not about asking a four year old to choose a career but helping them see that anything is possible.

We are looking to work with, support and invest in 70 primary schools from across the North East LEP region (Northumberland, Tyne and Wear and County Durham).    This is a unique opportunity for your school to play a crucial role in the developing primary benchmark, keeping the North East at the forefront of evidence based innovation.   We want to know what works, to raise aspirations and inspire positive attitudes to the world of work from an early age and to ensure that primary schools have access to the support and tools they need to achieve this.

Next steps: Schools that have registered will then be asked to complete a more detailed Expression of Interest Form. This E.O.I. will be issued in the final week of November to all registered schools. It must be completed and returned by Friday 14th December. Further information about the pilot will be sent out at this stage. School selection will take place in late December and schools will be informed of selection outcomes in mid-January. Successful schools will then be brought together to initiate and launch the pilot at the end of January.

Please note that each school in a single or multi academy trust must register separately and this is only open to schools based in the North East Local Enterprise Partnership area.

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